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Replace, test question

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  • Subject: [mg120305] Replace, test question
  • From: PA32R <tio540s1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:13:23 -0400 (EDT)

I'm very new to Mathematica and trying to work my way through it. I
don't understand why:
{58, 61, 15, 66, 10, 2, 24, 81, 45, 84} /. x_ /; PrimeQ -> P
returns:
{58, 61, 15, 66, 10, 2, 24, 81, 45, 84}

I would expect it to take the list, replace everything in the list
that matches any pattern and passes the PrimeQ test, i.e., is prime,
with P to yield:
{58, P, 15, 66, 10, P, 14, 81, 45, 84}

Can someone explain my misunderstanding?

Thanks.


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